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Delay Request on Hasan Trial Denied

Bell County Sheriff's Department

The trial of accused Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan will begin in three weeks.

Yesterday, a military judge denied Hasan’s request to delay his trial another three months.

The same judge previously barred Hasan from using the “defense of others” argument. The Army psychiatrist argued that the Fort Hood shootings were necessary in keeping soldiers from being deployed to Afghanistan, where they would put others’ lives at risk.

Last week, the judge ruled that the 13 people killed and 32 wounded in the attack had posed no immediate threat to anyone.

Jury selection is scheduled for July 9. 

Major Hasan is charged with 13 counts of murder and 32 of attempted murder in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009.